by Kay F. Thompson, DDS
In today’s world there is an increase in all kinds and sources of stress. Individuals deal with stress in the ways they have been taught: “Keep a stiff upper lip”, “Hold on tight”, “Grin and bear it”, “Get a grip!” and “Bite the bullet”. All of these clichés admonish the individuals to maintain tension and tight control to get through the stressful situation. Frequently this control is maintained by gritting their teeth or clenching their jaws, both of which, if prolonged, can result in an extremely painful response.